Katherine Keenum

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An American woman art student meets a Civil War veteran in Belle Époque Paris.

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Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Katherine graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English and earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in the publicity department of the New Orleans Public Schools, taught in the expository writing program at Yale University, and served as the executive editor of the book publishing program of the Council on East Asian Studies at Harvard University. She now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, John Keenum, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Where the Light Falls is her first published work of fiction. She is working on a second historical novel, “Anonymity,” which is set in New York City in the early twentieth century. Its heroine is involved in children’s book publishing, the women’s suffrage movement, and an illicit love affair.

Look at what the critics are saying about Where the Light Falls:

One of 55 Books to make you happier.—Prevention

"… One of the best books I have ever read. Loved all the characters - so realistic, I felt I knew them. And Paris! I felt like I was there! Highly recommended!"— The Book Rack - Fort Myers, April 26, 2014

"[A] literary passport to … Paris, the magic one, when the Belle Époque drew aspiring artists to bohemian parties and the teaching studios of charismatic masters."—Amy Shearn at Oprah.com

"… a lovely painterly novel set in late 19th century Paris. What a perfect book for a review and literary tour by The American Girls Art Club in Paris. You can find various sites in the book on Where the Light Falls Literary Tour in Google Maps."—The American Girls Art Club in Paris

"… recommended for a fresh look at artists at the vortex of an artistic revolution."—Jeanne Green of the Historical Novel Society.

"This thought-provoking, touching novel will certainly interest Edith Wharton fans." —Kathe Robin in Romantic Times

“Sweeping in scope, with vividly drawn, rich characters, Keenum’s debut signals a writer to watch.”—Kirkus Reviews

"With a painting and writing workshop in Tuscany on our fall calendar, I recently found myself captured by a new novel by Katherine Keenum, Where the Light Falls"—Cathy Salter, Notes from Boomerang Creek, in the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune (March 18,2013)

"As delectable and addictive as a Parisian pastry, the book is an art-lover's delight."—Lynn Cullen, author of The Creation of Eve